Yes, North and South Lida have zebra mussels. Hundreds of paid and volunteer hours,over the past years, have failed. Zebra Mussels were found on Rothsay Beach, around July 4, 2013 by a family cleaning the shallow water areas. The 2 mussels were attached to a can and about 1 centimeter in size. They were taken to the DNR and the species was confirmed. A few days later the DNR had a dive team cover the Rothsay Beach area. The team found a few zebra mussels up to 2 centimeters, some were adult egg producing mussels. One adult can produce up to a million eggs per year. Once the eggs are laid, veligers will float for a few weeks until they settle and attach to a surface. The surface could be a rock, dock, boat, lift, clam, or other hard surfaces. When they attach they become prey to sunfish, pumpkinseeds, bluegills, and other strong jaw fish. They are also eaten by ducks. Although, once the shell becomes firm they are difficult to eat. Mussels found in shallow water could be eaten ‘by some furbears. A very small percent actually make it to adulthood. Although,even 1 zebra mussel is to many.
So Now What Can We Do?
If you find zebra mussels call 1-218-739-7576 (ext. 254) Mark RanweHer. Please report the size, location, and your name.
1. Clean-Drain-Dry all boats when transporting–PLUG OUT (IT’S THE LAW)
2.When planning to boat/fish another lake,leave boats out at least 5 days before entering other water.
3. Clean all docks and lifts when removing in the fall. Do Not leave them in open water in the winter.
4.D0 not lake jump — Crystal to Star to Pelican, etc.
5.Ice kills zebra mussels down to about 3 feet. What happens if you use a winter air system?
How can I help?
1. Call to volunteer, it’s rewarding !!!
Thank you for your support. For information or comments please contact: